|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 8B|
|2011 - present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Minnesota|
|Birthday||March 1, 1977|
|Profession||Credit Representative/Licensed Childcare Provider|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Franson earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Humanities from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her professional experience includes working as a credit representative with AT&T and a licensed childcare provider.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Franson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy|
|• Health and Human Services Policy|
|• Higher Education Finance and Policy|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Franson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Rural Development|
|• Health and Human Services Finance|
|• Health and Human Services Reform|
Franson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Strengthening our Economy
- Excerpt: "Mary believes state government should hold the line on tax increases and live within its means – just like families in Douglas and Otter Tail counties do every day."
Job Creation is a Top Priority
- Excerpt: "Mary has worked to remove regulations that stifle business growth and expansion. When our small-town main streets prosper, we all prosper!"
Making Good Schools Even Better
- Excerpt: "Mary Franson will work to secure fair education funding and ensure there is reform and accountability for every dollar spent. Mary supports high academic standards and challenging coursework to prepare students to compete in the global economy."
Standing Up for Family Farmers and Agriculture
- Excerpt: "Mary knows farmers are the best stewards of the land. She will work to roll back excessive state regulations and ensure the PCA, DNR and Department of Agriculture serve as partners who assist – not hinder – farmers and their ag operations."
Ensuring Affordable Healthcare
- Excerpt: "Minnesota has the best health care in the world, but we need to make it more accessible and affordable through competition in the health insurance market – not through a government takeover. Government-run health care limits treatment options and leads to rationing."
Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Jay Sieling was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mary Franson was unopposed in the Republican primary.
Franson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 8B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7 and defeated Bob Cunniff (D) in the general election on November 6.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 8B, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mary Franson Incumbent||50%||10,640|
Franson won election to the District 11B seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Amy Hunter (DFL) and Bert Pexsa (Independence Party of Minnesota) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 11B (2010)|
|Amy Hunter (DFL)||5,147||32.88%|
|Mary Franson (R)||7,798||49.81%|
|Bert Pexsa (Independence)||2,680||17.12%|
Comprehensive donor information for Franson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Franson raised a total of $68,848 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 1, 2013.
|Mary Franson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota State House, District 8B||$45,409|
|2010||Minnesota State House, District 11B||$23,439|
|Grand Total Raised||$68,848|
2012Franson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Franson raised a total of $45,409.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mary Franson's campaign in 2012|
|House Republican Campaign Committee||$3,150|
|Douglas County RPM||$1,800|
|Hoffman, Gretchen Senate Dist. 10 Committee||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$45,409|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Franson won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Franson raised a total of $23,439.
|Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mary Franson's campaign in 2010|
|Todd County Republican Party||$1,300|
|Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance||$500|
|Freedom Club Of Minnesota||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$23,439|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."
Franson has three children.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- "fransonforstatehouse," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Franson, Mary." Retrieved July 1, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Roger Crawford (R)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 8B
| Succeeded by|
Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 11B
| Succeeded by|
Tim Faust (DFL)
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